The Critical Nature of Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

The Critical Nature of Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

 

News of a major natural disaster or a massive cyber-attack often puts “disaster recovery planning” at the top of the agenda for IT leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly did that for many organizations here in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

While disaster recovery (DR) planning should be an ongoing strategy subject to regular reviews, many businesses treat it as a problem to solve but then set it aside only to return to again when an issue comes up. DR strategy, as well as business continuity planning should evolve as your business adds new applications, divisions, and locations—and as the threats facing your business continuously change.

Disaster Recovery strategies are critical to recovering data after a disaster. However, having a DR strategy in place for your data isn’t enough to get your business up and running again. This is the role of business continuity planning.

A business continuity strategy ensures that employees can continue to work, and companies can continue to deliver service during and immediately following a disaster. For example: a professional service’s DR strategy might be about recovering client files while their business continuity strategy would be about ensuring employees can service accounts and maintain client communication, even if the office is inaccessible — as many are during this pandemic.

There are a few factors IT leaders need to consider as they reevaluate their organization’s DR strategy and business continuity plan:

What applications are mission-critical?

In mid-sized firms with a vast inventory of applications running at any given time, it will take time to bring each application back online. One of the business continuity decisions firms need to make is which capabilities should be prioritized and which can come back later. Based on this decision, a DR strategy ensures that applications critical for business continuity come online immediately.

What data is mission-critical?

In a perfect world, every organization might protect all data with high-availability replication—but this reality is far too expensive for most. Instead, companies will decide which data needs to be recovered first and then choose a mix of SAN-based replication, host-based replication, rapid recovery backup (on site), archiving, or remote backup to a hybrid cloud service provider. Every mid-sized business has their own unique concerns, so it’s important to work with an IT partner who truly understands your needs.

Does your team need to make any changes in how it manages data?

A true business continuity strategy will take into consideration not just how you’ll recover after an emergency but how your business operates before an emergency occurs. One important consideration is how and where your employees store data and whether their data storage habits are likely to help or hinder recovery. For some companies, employees store data in their email instead of a specific storage location, which can make recovering both data and email a time-consuming process.

When working with a financial services firm in the Philadelphia region, IPR discovered several issues that needed to be addressed to confirm the company could achieve its required business continuity expectations. As part of IPR’s managed Disaster Recovery Service (DRaaS), IPR was able to assist in meeting the following business objectives: 

  • Ensure the firm had multiple copies of data and the ability to quickly recover that data
  • Provide Compute resources for systems recovery in the event of a disaster
  • Make certain RTOs and RPOs meet the SLAs the business requires.

For more than two decades, IPR Secure has supported its clients with continuous uptime through countless major disasters, not once losing power in its datacenters. IPR’s replication, backup, and DR solutions allow its customers to meet their specific recovery point and time objectives, and its best-in-class datacenters offer unparalleled security, redundancy, and reliability.

Trust IPR Secure to be your partner as you make these important IT decisions. Contact us today to learn more.

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